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Town of Macedon approves new fire association
Macedon, N.Y. -- On Thursday night, the Macedon Town Board voted and approved a new fire association to be incorporated into the town.
Members of the South Macedon Fire and Rescue were at the town board meeting to seek approval, but the public hearing that came before the vote was a heated one.
There has been ongoing tension between the town and village and the issue of the villages Macedon Fire Department has recently been at the center of the argument. There have been several meetings to discuss whether the town would continue to use the Macedon Fire Department, an all-volunteer force, which has historically provided service to the south side of Macedon.
The Macedon Fire Department says that the town board has taken steps that if completed, will likely result in the demise of our fire department.
They cite that the town has signed a five year contract with the Macedon Center Fire Department to cover areas that the Macedon Fire Department has served in the past. They say the town will not renew their traditional one year contract with the Macedon Fire Department and they believe that the town, using intermediaries, is soliciting members of the villages department to join South Macedon Fire and Rescue.
Town Supervisor William Hammond says the town did not have anything to do with forming the new fire association. He says the group approached the town themselves.
During the meeting, several village residents and representatives from the village and Macedon Fire Department spoke out about how they feel that creating a new fire district would cause taxes to go up and is unnecessary since the department has satisfactory response times.
The Macedon Fire Department Chief asked the board if there was something his department did wrong to not deserve another contract. Supervisor Hammond said, No.
Councilman David McEwen added: I made it very clear that at least I and the rest of the board had no beef with the fire department at all, but the contract we have to sign isn't with you. It's with the village and we could not come to an agreement with the village.
Supervisor Hammond added that, There was an issue with the contract, the way the residents of the district were being represented, the money put into the contract the say on how the monies are spent. We didnt agree with the village.
Many residents and fire department members commented on how the decision to not use Macedon Fire felt like the result of political dispute between town and village.
While the town voted to incorporate South Macedon Fire and Rescue, the town has not approved funding for it.
It is unclear what the Macedon Fire Department will do next, but the organization has hired a Syracuse-based lawyer. They organization has, however, voted to continue providing service to their coverage area.